6 Dec 2011

Celebrity, Nick Hancock, will open a Christmas tree festival in aid of The Children’s Society and a local North Staffordshire charity, Embrace. The festival will take place at St Mary’s Church, Mucklestone on Sunday 18 December 2011 at 11.15am. 

The Christmas tree festival will commence with a service of carols and lessons led by Rector Jonathan Eades during which ‘the best dressed tree’ and ‘the best dressed children’s tree’ competition will be judged by Nick Hancock.

There will be approximately forty Christmas trees displayed within the church knave, which will be sponsored and decorated by local organisations, clubs, societies, schools and businesses.

All those taking part will have the opportunity to communicate their yearly achievements and accomplishments to the local parish and community via their Christmas tree decorations.

The Children’s Society is to decorate a tree with input from the Strong Lives Strong Voices project in the West Midlands.

There will also be a memorial tree displayed in the church on which visitors and friends may commemorate baptisms, weddings or the loss of a loved one, by writing on a special message to hang on the tree.

Rector, Jonathan Eades said, ‘We are thrilled to be running a Christmas tree festival for the second time at St Mary’s Church Mucklestone. All monies raised throughout this event will be split between our two nominated charities, The Children’s Society and Embrace. This is a great chance for our parish and local community to raise money to give to those who desperately need it within our national and local community.’

The festival aims to reach out to all those within the parish and local community.

St Mary's Mucklestone

A church has stood on the site of St Mary’s in Mucklestone for over 1,000 years where people have worshipped, prayed, brought their children to be baptised, married and mourned the loss of a friend or family member. St Mary’s continues to be a place of community, friendship, love and support for all.

If you want to hold a carol singing event for The Children’s Society in your area we have everything you would need to run a sucessful event or call The Children’s Society Supporter Care on 0300 303 7000. 


For more information, please contact Mark Horne, Regional Fundraisier by telephone on 0161 861 7993 or mobile 07539 214403. Alternatively you can email him mark.horne@childrenssociety.org.uk.

Notes to Editor

  • The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways.
  • We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.
  • The service takes place at 11.15am on Sunday 18 December 2011 at St Mary’s Church, Mucklestone.
  • All trees will then be on display for the following week at scheduled times.
  • If you would like further information or to schedule an interview with Rector Jonathan Eades, please contact Julia Roberts on 07989 980 016 or email julhindi@yahoo.co.uk.